According to Deadline, Annette tells the story of a stand-up comedian who’s left to raise a two year-old with a surprising gift after his opera singer wife dies. It’s unclear what characters Rihanna and Driver will play. Rooney Mara was also originally attached to star in the movie, but dropped out due to other commitments. A replacement has yet to be announced.
Amazon Studios acquired the distribution rights to Annette, which will begin filming this spring. The film notably marks Carax’s English-language debut. The acclaimed French filmmaker has helmed such cult favorites as Holy Motors and Lovers On the Bridge.
Sparks’ Ron and Russell Mael, meanwhile, will make their scriptwriting debut with Annette. Over the course of their lengthy career, they’ve contributed songs to numerous soundtracks (including “How Are You Getting Home” in Holy Motors) and scored two movies, 1984’s Bad Manners and 1998’s Knock Off.
Annette also marks Rihanna’s latest acting role. The pop star recently kicked off a run on Bates Motel – A&E’s contemporary prequel to Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho – as the doomed Marion Crane (originally portrayed by Janet Leigh). Rihanna has several more upcoming projects, including Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets and Ocean’s Eight.
As for Driver, the actor is currently starring in the final season of HBO’s Girls. He’s also set to appear in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which opens December 15th, and Steven Soderbergh’s NASCAR heist movie, Logan Lucky, out August 18th.
By Jon Blistein
Courtesy of Rolling Stone